With Wimbledon lost, Federer and Williams running out of Grand Slam opportunities

4 April 2020, 8:42 AM
The cancellation of Wimbledon this week has not only fanned the possibility of a total tennis wipeout for the rest of the season but may also have put an end to the Grand Slam title chase for both Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
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Athletes in Mandela Marathon close to the 45 km mark 15 July 2018, 3:17 PM

Athletes participating in the 100 kilometre Mandela Marathon are close to the 45 kilometre mark.

Athletes run 100km to honour Mandela 15 July 2018, 9:54 AM

A large group of athletes in the 100 kilometre Mandela Marathon has gone passed the 25 kilometre spot on a gravel road.

It’s just the beginning, says beaten Serena 15 July 2018, 7:22 AM

Serena Williams said the latest chapter in her tennis life was "just beginning" on Saturday after seeing her hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title dashed in the Wimbledon final.

France holds breath as football brings nation together 15 July 2018, 7:10 AM

French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity.

David vs Goliath in Sunday’s World Cup final 14 July 2018, 7:12 PM

The battle lines have been drawn in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match.

Sri Lanka thrash Proteas in first Test 14 July 2018, 3:04 PM

Sri Lanka comprehensively beat the Proteas by 278-runs inside three days of their first cricket test in Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the two test series.

Reputations burnished, others buffeted at “best World Cup ever” 14 July 2018, 2:03 PM

A stage for new beginnings, a cementer of fortunes, a last resting place for life-long dreams, the 2018 soccer World Cup was so much more than a month-long festival of goals and glory.

World Cup: Road to the final 14 July 2018, 1:04 PM

France play Croatia in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Kevin Anderson
Anderson faces another epic battle… to get fit for final 14 July 2018, 8:27 AM

 As if surviving a six hour, 36 minute marathon was not enough punishment for his body, Kevin Anderson is now hoping his "sore" and "swollen" feet, and "jelly-like" legs will be able to withstand one final test in Sunday's men's final at Wimbledon.

Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba
Croatia stand between Mbappe’s France and World Cup glory 14 July 2018, 7:00 AM

A month on and 63 games later, the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday as a young France side spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann look to win the trophy for the second time when they take on Croatia in Moscow.

Have mercy! Anderson demands rule change after Wimbledon epic 13 July 2018, 9:55 PM

Exhausted Kevin Anderson called for Grand Slam chiefs to introduce a cut-off point for final set marathons after the South African reached the Wimbledon final by winning the second longest ever singles match at a major.

New faces, same tactics for Belgium v England, says Martinez 13 July 2018, 9:54 PM

Some of the players will be different but there will be no tactical surprises when Belgium face England for a second time at the World Cup in Russia on Saturday to decide third place, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said.

FIFA fines Swedish, Croatian FAs over break of equipment rules 13 July 2018, 9:10 PM

The Swedish and Croatian Football Associations were fined 50,000 Swiss francs each by FIFA on Friday for breaches by some of their players of the global soccer body's marketing and media regulations regarding equipment.

Anderson into Wimbledon final after second longest ever Grand Slam singles match 13 July 2018, 9:01 PM

Kevin Anderson won the second longest ever Grand Slam singles match on Friday, beating John Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 to become the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final for 97 years.

Croatia will have excess energy for World Cup final – Rakitic 13 July 2018, 8:45 PM

Croatia will have more than enough energy to take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday despite being taken to extra time in all three of their World Cup knockout matches, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.

Playing Serena would have been my dream match, says Navratilova 13 July 2018, 8:33 PM

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has said her "dream match" would have been on Centre Court against Serena Williams.

Imam and Khan propel Pakistan to crushing victory over Zimbabwe 13 July 2018, 6:12 PM

Pakistan stormed to a 201-run win over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Friday in the opening game of their five-match one-day series.

Spinners put Sri Lanka on top in 1st South Africa Test 13 July 2018, 5:01 PM

Spinners led by Dilruwan Perera put hosts Sri Lanka in firm command of the first Test on Friday after South Africa were bowled out for 126 -- their lowest Test innings in the country.

Kaizer Chiefs unveil new coach 13 July 2018, 3:17 PM

After having missed their own deadline by three weeks, Kaizer Chiefs have finally unveiled their new coach - on social media.

Fraudsters scam Nigerians with Russia World Cup passes 13 July 2018, 8:39 AM

Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners say.

Athletes walking
SA athletes at International Tri Colour Games visit memorial park 12 July 2018, 8:30 PM

The South African athletes currently taking part in the sixth edition of the International Tri Colour Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy should consider themselves lucky.

Berg River Canoe got off despite cold weather 12 July 2018, 7:12 PM

Day two of 240 kilometre Berg River Canoe Ultra Marathon got underway in icy cold and wet conditions.

Kagiso Rabada
Proteas’s missed opportunities on Day One against Sri Lanka 12 July 2018, 6:20 PM

South Africa trail Sri Lanka by 283 runs with nine first innings wickets in hand at the close of day one of the first cricket test in Galle.

Fury to be unleashed on Italian Pianeta 12 July 2018, 6:06 PM

Francesco Pianeta, who has challenged twice for the world heavyweight title, will be former world title-holder Tyson Fury's next opponent in Belfast on August 18 promoter Frank Warren announced Thursday.

Mental strength carried Croatia to World Cup final, says Lovren 12 July 2018, 4:27 PM

Croatia have relied on mental strength to defy limited resources and become the smallest nation in 68 years to reach a World Cup final, said defender Dejan Lovren.

Soccer players
African teams ‘need focus on youth’ to make World Cup progress 12 July 2018, 4:02 PM

Former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amunike says African teams need to focus on improving youth development after a poor showing from the continent's representatives at the World Cup.

Croatia will be ready for France: Coach 12 July 2018, 5:57 AM

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday.

Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final 11 July 2018, 10:58 PM

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures. England, appearing in their first semi-final since 1990, had looked on course for […]

Berg River Ultra Canoe Marathon gets underway 11 July 2018, 8:56 PM

The 57th edition of the four day, 240 kilometre, Berg River Ultra Canoe Marathon got underway in sunny conditions on a free flowing river in Paarl on Wednesday.

Kagiso Rabada
SA bowlers will be tested against Sri Lanka 11 July 2018, 8:18 PM

South Africa's bowlers will be tested against Sri Lanka in the first cricket test in Galle which starts on Thursday.